Winter is well and truly here. Are your energy bills higher than you would like them to be? You’re not alone. Homeowners across Colorado are dealing with rising rates as natural gas prices skyrocket. Other than turning the temperature down and huddling under a blanket, what else can you do to combat high heating costs?
Consider that windows account for 10% to 25% of a home’s heat loss in the winter, making them significant energy wasters. If new windows aren’t in the budget, installing insulated window coverings is the next best thing. Learn what qualities to look for in window blinds, shutters, and shades that indicate superior insulating properties.
- Blackout linings: Window coverings designed to block out 100% of the light also make good insulators. After all, if light can’t get through, neither can air. Blackout linings are most common in window shades and drapery panels.
- Reflective backings: Silver-colored reflective linings are designed to deflect the sun’s heat, but they also help insulate the window. However, you actually want solar heat gain during the winter, so remember to open these window coverings during the day. Then, close them tightly at night for maximum insulating power.
- Insulating honeycomb shades: Cellular or honeycomb shades have excellent energy-saving qualities. Even the most basic versions hold a pocket of air against the window to slow heat transfer through the glass. Advanced styles have double- or even triple-cell construction, allowing them to reduce heat loss by up to 40%.
- Dual-sided roller shades: Many homeowners love the clean look of roller shades. Dual-sided versions have a reflective side and a heat-absorbing side. In the winter, orient your roller shades so the reflective side faces inward and the absorbent side faces outward. This soaks up heat from the sun and transfers it into your home. Remember to reverse your shades for the opposite effect in the summer.
- Thermal Roman shades: Roman shades can increase insulation if you choose thermal materials designed to prevent heat transfer through the window.
- Close-fit plantation shutters: Window shutters are great insulators because they fit snugly within the window frame. Thick, insulated louvers also act as an effective air barrier when closed. Even so, you always angle the louvers or swing the shutters wide open when you need more light or ventilation.
- Fleece-lined drapes: If you decide to combine your window blinds, shades, or shutters with drapes, choose thick, heavy materials that reach the floor to help trap heat inside the house where it belongs. Fabrics like fleece, suede, velvet, and tweed are the best options.
Value Blinds & Shutters is your source for high-end insulating window coverings this winter. We have helped Colorado homeowners and businesses combat high energy costs for over 18 years. To enjoy the best prices on name-brand window shutters, shades, and blinds, please call us at 303-663-8120 and request your free in-home consultation today. You can also visit our showroom in Castle Rock on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm.